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Louder Than Hell: A Book Even Non-Heavy Metal Fans Would Enjoy

January 20, 2014

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As I always appreciated the music, I was never a hardcore fan of heavy metal.  Around the year 2000, I started losing track of metal music.  Still, that does not mean I don’t appreciate a good book when I read one.  Even if you absolutely hate heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman definitely entertains.

The book starts around the late sixties with group Black Sabbath. Along the ride, we run into KISS, Alice Cooper and The New Wave of British Metal including Judas Priest and Def Leppard.  Also, we witness scenes developing in Tampa, Massachusetts and Norway. Plus we taste the scenes of death metal, thrash, hair metal, black metal, punk metal and nu-metal.

Yet, the highlight of the book is the oral stories by the entertainers themselves.  Stories about fucking women with a fish. Stories about women sucking the road guys’ dicks just to get backstage with the band.  All your rock-n-roll goodies are included; heroin, booze, sluts and of course, cocaine.

A warning: With 746 pages, this is a long-assed book.  So long, I had to check it out twice from the Orange County Public Library in Orlando.  Still, the book deserves all the patience the reader can give it.

Even if you hate heavy metal, I still would encourage one to read Louder Than Hell, an entertaining book you can’t put down.

A Fun Saturday Night at Downtown Orlando’s The Beacham

January 15, 2013

Last Saturday night, I headed to Downtown Orlando’s The Beacham.

Outside The Beacham

Mostly African-Americans patronize The Beacham on Saturdays.  Being black myself, I owned no problems with that.  Yet, get this: the DJ was a white guy.

The age thing was a different story.  Being someone over forty, I was hoping I didn’t stand out too much among the crowd of mostly twenty-somethings.  I just wanted to blend in and be left alone.

As the DJ played on the stage, a female hyped the crowd on the mic.  Two female dancers were onstage also.

Inside The Beacham

As I observed the young ladies, I kept thinking about the sexist lyrics of 2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song”.

All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho.

Plenty of 2 Chainz’s birthday women were in the place.  Well, I wouldn’t actually call some woman I don’t know a ho.  Yet, the big booty was definitely present.

Sometime during the night, a young white girl accidentally bumped into my foot.  She looked around 21, wore a black dress and was with another white female.

When I looked her in the eye, the young white girl winked at me.  It might’ve been just a friendly wink.  Yet, I could not get over this fact.  Out of all the women on this predominately black night, a white girl young enough to be my daughter is the one who winks at me.  Sometimes, I think nobody but me runs into these kinds of ironic situations.  Still, like I mentioned before, that might have been just a friendly wink, and nothing else.

Inside The Beacham 2

When I DJ, I play the whole song.  Yet, a popular trend is playing only parts of the song and move on.  When I first witnessed DJs doing that, I found it annoying. I’m more tolerant towards it now.

Tonight, the kids didn’t seem to mind the trend.

As I love most current hip-hop, there was one song I definitely didn’t want to hear tonight, that damned Trinidad James song.

Gold all in my chain/ Gold all in my ring/ Gold all in my watch…

I don’t know.  True enough, the song is addictive.  You can’t stop thinking about it.  Yet, when will hip-hop get tired of bling-bling lyrics?

For most of the time, I enjoyed myself.  I left before the place closed.  Yet, I could see my forty-something self coming back. By the way, I wasn’t the only old school dude there that night.

For a good time and seeing 2 Chainz’s birthday women, I would recommend going to The Beacham on a Saturday night.

Vinyl Night VI

December 12, 2012

Last Tuesday, Little Fish-Huge Pond hosted another vinyl night.

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Check out the new flier created by Liz Watkins, local artist and the bar owner’s sister.

Vinyl Night

Certified Gold by Various Artists

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Released in 1981 by K-tel.  From the late sixties to the late nineties, K-Tel sold compilation albums of current hits.   This particular double album contains “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins, “Whip It” by Devo, “All Out of Love” by Air Supply and “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince.

I played both records.  One young lady complained about a song, but I didn’t give a shit.  I let it play anyway.

When it started playing, I couldn’t help singing along to Benny Mardones’ “Into The Night”.  You may not recognize the name, but you may definitely know the song when you hear it.

She’s just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they say,

Private Dancer by Tina Turner

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Released in 1984, the album contains the hits “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Better Be Good to Me” and my personal favorite “Private Dancer”.

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After going solo and divorcing the late Ike Turner, who she used to perform with, the album became Tina Turner’s breakthrough.

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Arena by Duran Duran

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A live album released in 1984, it contains the hits “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Is There Something I Should Know” and “Union of the Snakes”.

Also, it contains a new studio track “Wild Boys”.

Last week, a drunken idiot saw this album and went, “Duran Duran.  They’re a bunch of fags.”

Back in middle school, I remember the girls going crazy over “those fags”.

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(Oh yea, included in the album package is a booklet containing photos of each band member.  I attempted photographing the booklet. Yet, that proved unsuccessful.)

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby by Terence Trent D’Arby

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Released in 1987, the debut album contains the hits “Wishing Well”, “If You Let Me Stay” and my personal favorite “Sign Your Name”.

Incidentally, being the bar’s location is Sanford, Mr. D’Arby once lived nearby in DeLand.  DeLand is about twenty minutes away from Sanford. He still has family there.

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By this time, the guitarist for musician Andrew W.K. was in the building.  A nice guy.  Yet, a big pain in the ass.

After showing him one of my albums, I had to cut Terence D’Arby short.  (By the way, his legal name is now Sananda Francesco Maitreya.)

Chicago 17 by Chicago

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Released in 1984, the album contains the hits “Stay the Night”, “Hard Habit to Break” , “You’re the Inspiration” and “Along Comes a Woman”.

As soon as “Stay the Night” came on, the guitarist and my friend Keith started singing out loud.

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As usual, most of my information comes from Wikipedia.

More people showed up this week.  Because the music selections are usually from the seventies to the eighties, I suspect the night might become more popular with the over-thirty crowd.  As long as the night attracts people enjoying themselves, I don’t give a damn.

Remembering An Orlando Nightlife Columnist on Her Birthday

September 11, 2012

Last year, Central Florida lost Orlando Sentinel writer Kelly Fitzpatrick.  She died in her sleep.

Her column focused on Central Florida’s nightlife.  Sometimes, she bravely called out bars and night clubs on over-priced drinks and bad service.

She was also a dear friend of mine.

Last Saturday at Lil Indies, friends held a private party honoring Kelly’s birthday.

Heather and Brian Kingsbury: They tied the knot back in June.

Tod Caviness and Christen Marie:  Two or three days later after this photo, they got engaged.  Tod also writes for the Sentinel.

Curtis Earth: He hosted a trivia game centered around Kelly.

That’s Will Walker on the left, owner of Will’s Pub and Lil Indies.  That’s me in the middle.  On the right is Bao Le Huu, writer of Orlando Weekly’s This Little Underground.

I think the dude is DJ Smilin Dan.  The woman is local bartender Jennifer Harton.

Because Lil Indies is right next door to Will’s Pub, I went to Will’s to check out The Legendary JCs.

Eugene Snowden: Lead Singer.

After that, I went back to the party.

In the middle is Casey Dayhoff, Kelly’s husband and Heather Kingsbury’s brother.

The guy is Brian Stibal, a person we’ve known for over ten years.

Me and Jim Criger.  Best friends since 1999.  Always there for you when the shit goes down

Sock Hop Mondaze

August 1, 2012

Last Monday at The Peacock Room, I experienced the ironic.

First, mid-fifties to early-sixties music played.    Also, the majority of the patrons looked to be born in the 1980s. I was born in 1969.  As the music was older than me, the patrons were younger.

That night, I experienced Sock Hop Mondaze, a weekly event happening every Monday night at The Peacock Room.

From what I was told, the night once existed in Orlando’s Downtown area.  Then, for over a year, it moved around until it eventually landed at The Peacock Room.  There it earned the attention of Orlando Weekly’s Bao Le-Huu, who wrote positively about it in his This Little Underground column.

Much  of the  music were recordings by African-Americans, a cool thing because we still live in the era of over-hyping white musicians who perform “black” music. At least this night gave African-American artists  overdue exposure.

As for the DJ, what really goes on is a playlist playing off a laptop. I don’t remember anyone being near the laptop. Yet, folks had a good time and danced to the music anyway.

An ironic experience.  Yet, I liked it.

Sharpton and Jackson Leads Sanford’s Goldsboro Rally For Trayvon Martin

April 2, 2012

On March 31, a rally for Trayvon Martin took place in the Goldsboro section of Sanford, Florida.

The second established black city in the nation, Goldsboro is my home neighborhood.


Crooms Academy was the starting point.  It’s an integrated academy now.  Yet, during segregation, this is where my mother and other “colored” kids went.


Leading the rally was Ben Jealous of the NAACP, Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson.

The march itself happened on 13th Street.

I didn’t catch the woman’s name.  Yet, she’s the head of a NAACP Florida chapter.

The rally stopped in front of Sanford Police quarters.  The fire station is located here too.

Free water was passed out.

Speakin’ of passed out.

This was my first time seeing a black nationalist flag in my hometown.  Red stands for the blood. Black stands for the people. Green stands for the land.

The guy on the far left is Mariel Reed, today’s DJ.  I’ve known him since 5 years old.

I see more black bikers in Sanford than the rest of Central Florida.

Marcus on the left. Me on the right.  Marcus was in my second grade class at Pine Crest Elementary.

Sanford Holds Civic Center Meeting About Trayvon Martin’s Death

March 29, 2012

On March 26, a meeting took place at the Sanford Civic Center.


I couldn’t make it.  The photos you are seeing are by Kim Tesla.

Because of the worldwide attention over Trayvon Martin, the media of course shows.


Jesse Jackson arrived.

Al Sharpton  had been in Sanford since last Thursday.

Rolin Martin of CNN.


Definitely, the protestors arrived.


For those who couldn’t get into the civic center, a huge screen played in Fort Melon Park.




Let’s not forget security.


As I always remembered idiot Sanford cops, I always remembered Sanford’s beautiful Lake Monroe.